UPDATED, March 2: The Arlington High girls' basketball team (12-9), following its upset win over Woburn (19-2), lost to Beverly (14-6) in a heartbreaker Monday, March 2, in the Division 1 North quarterfinal. The score was 56-55
In North Divison 2 girls' basketball, Pentucket (21-1) topped Arlington Catholic (17-5) at St. Johns' on Monday, March 2, 34-25.
The Arlington High School boys' basketball team, at home at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the quarterfinals of the MIAA tourney, seeded at No. 2 in Division 2 North, plays against Malden Catholic (12-8), which edged New Mission, 62-61, last Thursday.
The Arlington Catholic boys' basketball team advanced to the Division 3 North semifinal 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, against Minuteman High of Lexington at Billerica High. Both teams are 15-5.
UPDATED, March 1: For Black History Month, the Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) and the Regent Theatre commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King with the screening of "King: A Filmed Record ... from Montgomery to Memphis," directed by Sidney Lumet, and shown on Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at the Regent, an event posted Feb. 10 because of the weather. Admission is $10.
Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature in 1970 and recognized by the U.S. Library of Congress as culturally and historically significant, this landmark documentary film biography chronicles Dr. King’s nonviolent campaign for civil rights and social justice from the movement in Montgomery, Ala., culminating in his assassination in Memphis in 1968.
Want to light up a gray, snow-filled winter? The family of Sanjay Vakil did, with help from friends.
At their Scituate St. home, the group collaborated during the first three weeks of blizzard-ridden February to bring color to the life of a neighborhood.
They built an igloo that brings the Northern Lights to town.
Using a 5050 strip of LEDs, such as those shown here, the snowy blocks include changing hues of blue, green, silver and purple, as the lights cycle and fade through the spectrum while lit at night.
About 5 feet in diameter at the bottom and about 5.5 feet tall, it's "big enough to fit the whole family," Vakil wrote in an email Thursday, Feb. 26.
"We froze four batches of [about] 30 boxes and then the lid," he wrote, adding that each freezing took three to four frigid nights.
Seventy members attending the annual meeting of the Housing Corporation of Arlington (HCA) as the Rev. Christine Elliott, at right, accepted the community-service award.
Pam Hallett, HCA's executive director, said the pastor at Calvary Church United Methodist was eloquent in accepting the award named for the late Deacon Frank Mandosa.
Featured speaker Richard A. Duffy, who has published a number of books related to Arlington's history, addressed: "Centuries of Change in Arlington's Affordable Housing Solutions."
Hallett described why the pastor received the award: She proposed the Ending Homelessness Forum held in March 2014, and Calvary was one of the sponsors. About 80 people attended on a Sunday afternoon. HCA and Somerville Homeless Coalition along with the Network to End Homelessness and others were co-sponsors.
She also invited all local religious institutions to work together to solve some of Arlington's ills. After several meetings, the group decided to help the Arlington Food Pantry find a second location and to figure a way to feed hungry children at Thompson School.
9 entries submitted to ACMi
The second annual ATown Teen Video contest has received the support of a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, and organizers are ready to choose the best.
The screening and dance party are set for Friday, March 6, on the big screen at the Regent Theatre.
Sponsors of contest reported nine short films were submitted to Arlington Community Media, inc. (ACMi) for entry in the 2015 competition. Blizzards and snow piles did nothing to deter the creative energy of Arlington’s teens. Multiple snow days may have given filmmakers extra production time. Jessica Barnthouse, youth coordinator at ACMi and host of Friday’s event reported being amazed at the production quality, screen writing and acting in this year’s submissions.
There are films featuring talking marshmallows, lost hats and futuristic technology. Others explore universal themes, such as the power of giving, possibility of time travel and aggressive sales people, as well as drawing a "lonely mountain."
Students would get out at 1 p.m. Tuesdays
The School Committee welcomed a proposal to change the schedule for elementary schools to give teachers more time to plan.
Under the proposal presented Thursday, Feb. 26, as a general outline, because it is part of negotiations with the Arlington Education Association, elementary students would get out of school every Tuesday at 1 p.m. Teachers would have common-planning time until 3 p.m. that day.
A new bell schedule would be from 8:10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., about 15 minutes daily.
Superintendent Kathleen Bodie said the general proposal was made public before it is negotiated to give parents a head's-up. She said further details were expected in the second School Committee meeting in March and via a newsletter to parents.
Bodie called the need for planning time "really essential" and a "significant change to benefit our students."
Teachers use it to collaborate and develop ways to present curriculum. Speaking for teachers, Bodie, said, "We don't have enough time."
The plea also referred to administrators. "I can't begin to tell you how much time is spent every year on scheduling," Bodie said of principals.
The early Tuesday releases would have an impact on families, requiring new plans for their children.
UPDATED, Feb. 28: The annual march toward Town Meeting has begun, as selectmen Monday, Feb. 23, voted their recommendations for six articles, three of them brought by citizens. Here is a snapshot of the votes followed by details between the board and presenters:
-- Article 8 Bylaw Amendment/Limiting Speaking Time for Announcements and Reports (Paul Schlichtman): Recommended, 5-0, a four-minute limit.
-- Article 9 Bylaw Amendment/Human Rights Commission (Stephen T. Harrington): Voted, 5-0, no action, following sometimes testy exchanges about the article seeking to establish an executive director of the commission.
-- Article 10 Bylaw Amendment/Description of the Mount Gilboa/Crescent Hill District Article: Recommended, 5-0, an administrative change to correct two typos.
-- Article 11 Bylaw Amendment/Establishment of a Community Preservation Committee: Voted unanimously in three of five votes. Dan Dunn dissented on one, about appointment power, and Steve Byrne dissented on another, over a discussion about the number of days to allow for establishing the committee.
-- Article 15 Home Rule/Board of Assessor Changes (Chris Loreti): Voted, 3-1, no action, with Kevin Greeley recused and Joseph Curro voting no, on changing the Board of Assessors from elected to appointed. Also voted, 4-0, to table until assessors could be present for the second issue, to consider making the assessments director an appointment of the town manager.
The Arlington Police Department oversaw a 25-percent drop in serious crime from in 2014, compared with the previous year, chief Fred Ryan announced in a news release Tuesday, Feb. 24.
"The men and women of the Arlington Police Department work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep our community and its people safe, and I am very proud of the results we saw last year," Chief Ryan said in the release. "While there is always work to do, last year is a testament to the dedication our officers have to the difficult and ever-changing tasks of preventing and deterring crime."
"Part 1 Crimes" are designated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to be the most serious crimes affecting a community, they include murder/manslaughter, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, arson and motor-vehicular theft.
In 2014 there were a total of 444 Part 1 Crimes reported in Arlington, down 25 percent from 592 Part 1 Crimes in 2013.
A closer look at the data shows a decrease in six of the eight crimes listed.
There were no murders in Arlington in 2014 compared to three in 2013.
There were nine reported rapes, two more than last year. Arlington had nine robberies, one less than last year. Of the nine robberies committed, suspects were armed in three incidents and unarmed in six incidents. Arlington experienced 42 aggravated assaults in 2014, an increase of 10 incidents from last year.
EcoFest has turned into EnergyWise: Sparking Local Solutions.
The third annual celebration of the environment at Town Hall, set for Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m;. to 2 p.m., focuses on energy -- how we make it, use it, measure it and conserve it.
All kinds of energy are up for exploration, and harvesters, explainers, innovators and entrepreneurs will be there to engage with the public.
No charge for admission, free compost, raffle, Food Link Cafe and children's activities.
2nd fund-raiser for town native, in Woburn
UPDATED, March 2: An Arlington woman who as a young girl sang the National Anthem at a cancer fund-raiser for her cheerleading coach now has others singing for her.
Courtney Jones, undergoing treatment for a rare liver cancer, has many pulling for her.
They include Carla Dorato, owner of the Artful Heart Gallery, at 311 Broadway, the host for a special evening on Thursday, Feb. 12, Thursday, from 6 to 10 p.m. The shop will donate 20 percent of all sales to Jones.
A second fund-raiser is set for the American Legion in Woburn from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 7.
"She is very lucky to have so many supporting her," her mother, Robin Jones, said in an interview Sunday, Feb. 8.
She reflects her positive spirit from her bed at Beth Israel in the photo at left.
The 23-year-old town native has been active in the Arlington Children's Theater since age 7 and with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life here for 14 years, since age 9.
After singing the National Anthem at the latter event, an annual, nightlong march around Peirce Field, she rose to chair the event.